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IN PRAISE OF TOM HARDY
In the recent BBC series Taboo,
Tom Hardy delivers a masterclass of screen acting as the protagonist
James Delaney.   Alongside him many excellent actors
are working skilfully with a deep understanding of the medium, Jason Watkins
and Tom Hollander amongst ...
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T2: TRAINSPOTTING While the four leads give a strong ensemble
performance, there are also some valuable lessons in this film about the
intangible depth that preparation can bring to a screen role. Without the structure offered by theatre
rehearsal, and the ...
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I, DANIEL BLAKE
I have a confession to make: despite the plaudits and
accolades it has received, I don't think ‘I
Daniel Blake’ is a very good film. I'm making a distinction here between its political
significance and the quality of filmmaking.   As a piece of social comme...
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The Big Short
This is a film that should not work.   The plot follows the slow degradation of the financial
markets, so it has an opaque and complex narrative where the filmmakers have to
work really hard to simplify things, like Collateralised Debt Obligations, that
mos...
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BEING LIKED
Re-watching Some Like it
Hot I was struck once again by the problem I have believing anything Jack Lemmon
does on screen. I simply see him  acting  all the time in a way
that I don't experience with either Tony Curtis or Marilyn Monroe.   It's partly the di...
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HEAT
Further to previous blogs about preparation and
playing spontaneously in the moment rather than rehearsing and planning, I was
intrigued to come across a description, by Michael Mann, of shooting the famous
coffee shop encounter between Robert De Niro and A...
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PREPARATION PAYS OFF
In the last few weeks I've been working with students
at the Drama Centre on scenes from movies.   In previous classes we have covered many of the technical requirements
of acting on camera and most of the students have successfully internalised the
imperat...
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WHAT'S IN A NAME?
Creating the character is central to an actor’s
preparation in any medium.    As
part of this it’s worth giving some thought to your character’s name.   It won’t have been chosen randomly and will
probably provide clues as to the writer’s intention. In life...
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DON'T DO IT
I write in my book From
Stage to Screen, and in another blog ( ‘stop
thinking, start feeling’ ), about the emphasis in our education system on
analytical skills and a kind of thinking that is unhelpful to actors. However if I were to suggest that going to s...
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PREPARING FOR A TAKE
I saw a preview screening of American Sniper yesterday and was struck by
two things – one obvious, one less so. The first was just how much Bradley Cooper had beefed up for the part - hard to miss. The second was the challenges Sienna Miller must have faced...
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